Pubdate: Sat, 18 Nov 2000
Source: Athens Daily News (GA)
Copyright: 2000 Athens Newspapers Inc.
Address: PO Box 912, Athens, GA 30603
Fax: 706-208-2246
Note:Originally appeared in The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier


There is some extremely disturbing news in the latest report of the 
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. It reveals that, 
"Latin America produces the bulk of marijuana, all the world's cocaine and 
a growing proportion of heroin."

The commission warns that the widespread availability of drugs is "creating 
a culture of illegality," which is breaking down society.

Latin America is still essentially a producer of drugs, rather than a 
consumer, but the report notes that countries which are not producers, 
notably Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Venezuela, are increasingly being used 
to ship drugs, causing widespread corruption of public institutions in 
these countries. The increasing ease of communication and transportation 
has made it possible for the drug cartels to expand their destructive 

Without a doubt, drug trafficking is the most dangerous aspect of 
globalization. The United States, as the major consumer of drugs and, quite 
likely, where most drug-trafficking profits are invested, must take the 
lead in forging cooperation between all the countries that are involved in 
or affected by this scourge.

The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier
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